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Olympic Champion To World Title Holder: Appreciating Vasyl Lomachenko's Greatness

Olympic Champion To World Title Holder: Appreciating Vasyl Lomachenko's Greatness

The Ukrainian takes on his toughest opponent this weekend.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar

Boxing fans collectively wiped the drool of their face after Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux was officially slated. The Ukrainian fighting-machine burst onto the professional scene, fetching world titles, taking away '0's, while becoming the worlds most exciting fighter.

As well as his professional accolades, he's also a decorated amateur boxer with not one but TWO Olympic gold medals and two World Championship titles.

You get the point, he's good. Very good.

After his triumphs in both Beijing and London, at both featherweight then lightweight, he's been identified as one of the greatest amateur boxers to have ever laced up the gloves amassing an amazing 396-1 record.

Lomachenko during the medal ceremony in Beijing. Image: PA

His Cuban counterpart ain't shabby either.

463-12 amateur record. And just like Lomachenko, he's bagged two Olympic and World Championship medals.

Lomachenko then turned his attention to the professional ranks after being snapped up by Bob Arum's Top Rank, where he could ultimately replicate the feat of Arum's prized fighter Manny Pacquiao.

'Hi-Tech' opened up his professional career with a scheduled 10-rounder. Something very unheard of, normally your maiden pro-bout is against a fighter with a losing record in a four or six rounder. After dispatching his opponent inside four rounds, his next fight was for the vacant WBO featherweight world strap.

He was involved in a world title fight in only his second bout, and looking to break the record of Thailand's Saensak Muangsurin.

Unfortunately, he was unable to set the new feat narrowly losing out to Orlando Salido, though his Mexican foe forfeited the belt for failing to make weight giving the Lomachenko the chance to challenge for it again.

This was a guy with one fight to his name facing a gritty veteran in Salido, losing by very small margin.

Lomachenko accepted the defeat and refused to make excuses, promising to learn from the loss. Following from that, he handedly beat the previously unbeaten and fellow Olympian Gary Russell Jr. capturing the WBO featherweight title subsequently tying the record to a world honours in the fewest amount of fights.

Eight victories later, he continues his rapid climb up the proverbial pound-for-pound ladder.

The 29-year-old's incredibly fast hands married with his aggressive yet elusive style has made him one of the most feared men in boxing. His career has been at a breakneck pace as he now ventures up to super-featherweight where he has the chance to make more history by becoming the quickest two-weight world champion in boxing history.

The slick southpaw has an intense drive to becoming the best and is eager to test himself against the other champions. The marvelously skilled boxer has thoroughly beaten his opponents since his loss with his masterful technique and flawless footwork.

As he enters his prime the budding superstar continues to flourish. We suggest you get on the Lomachenko bandwagon before he inevitably becomes P4P No.1.

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Topics: Boxing, Vasyl Lomachenko